It’s been a full week since the UN’s climate conference in Copenhagen started, and nothing ground shaking has come out of the meetings so far (beyond protesting, and an interesting scandal). Of course, gathering leaders from around the world to discuss tangible restrictions on carbon emissions seems to have only brought tension over the past decade, despite increasing evidence of global warming. Yet in the buildup to this year’s talks in Copenhagen, there was a general agreement that the major players in climate change discussions would undoubtedly be America and China: the biggest polluting powers have the most at stake, yet finding a suitable agreement on reduction would undoubtedly be difficult. Tensions have already risen between the two powers, and with only two days before Premier Wen Jiabao and President Obama go to Copenhagen (and only four more days of conference), time is running out.
A lot has been written since our last update on Friday, so we present you with a roundup of what’s made the headlines this weekend. Needless to say, we’re hoping that some progress is made: we don’t want to end up underwater!
- In case you’re a little unsure what the details regarding the Copenhagen summit are, the AP has a brief and easily comprehensible summary of the major topics and goals for the convention.
- The Wall Street Journal has a review of the US and China’s respective positions regarding emissions regulation, the funding necessary for it, and the long term effects and goals.
- The AP has an article on the open hostilities between the US and China over failed emissions targets and carbon credits, and how both countries demands show highly different and potentially incompatible goals.
- While the foreign press has been focusing on the climate talks, China Daily would like us to know that Premier Wen Jiabao has been feverishly calling the leaders of other nations in a bout of cellular diplomacy before his arrival in Copenhagen. The Premier didn’t call president Obama, however, because it seems the two are clear where the other stands.
- Evan Osnos of The New Yorker’s Letter to China column has a long, in-depth article about Beijing’s efforts to clean up carbon emissions, and is certainly worth a read.
- And finally, if it wasn’t hard enough to get the United States and China to agree on major issues, it seems that a lot of the smaller countries want their own agendas heard and considered. Thus, we bring you our favorite headline of the climate changes, from ABC news: “Copenhagen agreement hard to reach.” So very, very true.
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